San Juan Islands & Victoria B.C.
September 4, 2019 thru September 10, 2019
Join our expert guide as we combine the sea and land while exploring the Pacific Northwest. We cruise the scenic San Juan Islands, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the U.S. and Canada. The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington known for rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife. We then head into the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, for local touring. Victoria sits on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island. With abundant parkland, it’s known for outdoor activities. The city’s British colonial past shows in its Victorian architecture and gardens, including stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion and spectacular Butchart Gardens.
Roundtrip air included
The San Juan Islands
Motorcoach / transfers
7 days, 6 nights
15 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, High Tea, 5 dinners) included
Livery service to/from your home included
- Seattle visit
- Cruise the San Juan Islands
- Walking tour of Sucia Island
- Tour Roche Island and more
- Tour Victoria, BC, including:
- Butchart Gardens
- Parliament Building
- Royal British Columbia Museum
- Craigdarroch Castle and more
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Seattle
- All transfers
- Motorcoach transportation
- 6 nights lodging
- 15 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, High Tea, 5 dinners)
- San Juan Islands Cruise
- Admissions as described
- Services of a tour director
- Baggage handling
- Bus refreshments
- Driver tips
- Pickup/livery service
We depart Tucson mid-day and travel to Seattle, Washington. We will check in to our hotel for an overnight stay and enjoy a delicious group dinner.
Today we travel north to Bellingham, Washington to board our exclusive San Juan Cruises tour boat. We then cruise to Sucia Island for a walking tour, guided by the captain, with time to enjoy a picnic lunch and explore the fossil-laden beaches. We spend the afternoon cruising the islands, looking for seals, porpoises, Minke, grey, humpback and killer whales and observing the many bird species. We make our way to Friday Harbor to check in for a two-night stay at Friday Harbor Suites.
We are off to the waters of the islands again, cruising and wildlife-ogling our way to Roche Harbor, where we tour the historic lime kilns, the outdoor sculpture trail and the Roche Harbor Resort. Lunch on the boat is followed by afternoon cruising through the verdant islands to the Rosario Resort, where we will explore the unique architecture, hear an organ/piano concert from one of the family members who still owns the resort, and have a group dinner. We then sail back to Friday Harbor with the East Sound sunset.
Another morning of sun-splashed water and Pacific Ocean wildlife awaits as we sail across Haro Strait to Victoria, British Columbia, where we will be picked up by our deluxe motorcoach. Our first stop is the Royal British Columbia Museum. Founded in 1886, the Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia’s natural and human history museum as well as the B.C. Provincial Archives. After, we check into our seaside rooms at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe. We’ll enjoy dinner that night with time to wander the town and the path along the harbor which runs right by our hotel.
Today we travel to see two of Victoria’s most famous and beloved places. First, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, with thousands of tropical butterflies, plus poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks and free flying tropical birds. We then take a short ride over to the famed Butchart Gardens, where we explore the spectacular floral gardens you most want to see before having High Tea in the Dining Room at the Gardens – a historic home with garden views. This evening we will enjoy a group farewell dinner and another chance to experience the long daylight of the north.
This morning we explore Victoria, visiting the stately Parliament Building, home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and tour Craigdarroch Castle, built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site. We also visit St Andrews Cathedral, also finished during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1892. We then embark on the Victoria Clipper and sail across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca into Puget Sound before checking into the Home2 Suites by Hilton for our last night’s stay.
Time to wrap up our cool, green and water-filled memories before going to SeaTac Airport to board our flight home back to the Sonoran Desert, bringing images of whales, islands, gardens and Canada back home with us!
There are no traffic lights anywhere in the islands
People hardly even honk
The islands are world-renowned for shore-based orca whale watching and sea kayaking
They are prevelant in the Salish Sea
Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown
Friday Harbor Suites
Friday Harbor, WA
Delta Hotel by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe
Home2 Suites by Hilton
$3,281 per person
$4,098 per person
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Seattle
6 nights lodging
15 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, High Tea, 5 dinners)
San Juan Cruise
Admissions as described
Services of a tour director
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to Canada. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On Alaska Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $25 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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